Why wont the WoodWorker 2 slide onto the arbor?

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Forum topic by Hugh Anderson posted 06-09-2011 11:03 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hugh Anderson

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06-09-2011 11:03 PM

Hi All,

I am a complete newbie around here, and somewhat of a newbie overall. :-) But I am getting my stuff together, and looking forward to having some woodworking fun!

I bought a Porter Cable table saw, the PCB280TS. It seems to do what I want, but after about a month there was an issue when a gear wheel came loose.

Lowes swapped out the saw without question but here is my issue – I can’t get my WoodWorker 2 blade to slide onto the arbor of the new saw. I know it was tight with the previous saw, but it just wont slide into place on the replacement. I am concerned that pulling it too hard will unbalance the blade.

So I am left with two options, the obvious one being to try to rub the blade hole slightly larger. The other, messing with the arbor, is probably a bad idea.

Anyone else have this problem before?

Thank you.


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#1 posted 06-09-2011 11:11 PM

I would use a narrow rip of emory and lap the arbor like your might as in shining shoes. Dont mess with the arbor in the blade cause youll want to use that on your next saw, which wont be long. Good luck

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 11:33 PM

Oh dear, that sounds like you don’t really rate the saw very highly.

Yeah, I just read some advice about gluing some emery on a stick, turning on the saw (with the blade etc removed), and gently pressing the stick to the arbor to polish it down a bit. I also read some folks saying the Forrest blades are often tight.

Ok, in a couple of hours I will take a deep breath and jump on in!

Thanks very much for the reply.


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#3 posted 06-10-2011 12:47 AM

You can bevel the edge of the saw hole a little. Sometimes when
the arbor is bored there’s a bit of a ridge at the 90 degree edge.

It’s not a big deal if the blade slides on the arbor easily. It doesn’t
need a piston fit to cut wood accurately. Not the same sort of
situation as with a router bit.

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#4 posted 06-10-2011 01:11 AM

- JJ

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#5 posted 06-10-2011 01:15 AM

Occasionally, my setup gets finicky. I blow the arbor off with the compressor, and then hit it with a little paraffin wax. Same deal with the hole in the WWII.

WHATEVER it was that had one/both of them angry … that always seems to make them get along better.

Same occasional issue with my Forrest dado set.

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 06-10-2011 02:06 AM

Thanks guys, all good advice. I will go and play around – I’ll report back the results.


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#7 posted 06-10-2011 06:22 AM

ok, so here’s what happened.

The Porter Cable blade (I really didn’t like that one) was an ok fit. I also have a Freud calibration disk, so I tried that – it was tight! I could get it on, but only with a bit of jiggling.

That brought me to the decision that I would alter the arbor.

I cut a thin strip of emery cloth, wrapped it around the thin edge of the blade wrench, and with the blade removed powered up the saw. Then I rested the emery edge onto the arbor shoulder as it spun. First try, blade still would not go one. Second try, the blade slipped on nicely.

So there we have it, I am not fitted with my WoodWorker 2.

On another note, I fitted a commercial zero clearance insert, and the blade is very noisy as it spins. With the saw switched off, turning the blade by hand I can hear a couple of teeth clipping the edge of the insert. But, the kerf is a very clean cut.

Again, with the saw switched off the blade raises quietly, but lowering it produces a very tinny, clanging noise. I worry that the blade has a warp in it, but that clean kerf steers me away from that. Thoughts?

Gentlemen, thank you for taking the time to reply!!!


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#8 posted 06-10-2011 09:19 PM

No blade will spin perfectly without some run out (the amount a blade deviates from side to side). Make sure the flange that the blade rests against is clean and has no burrs that could keep the blade from seating. Aside from that, it sounds like the saw is as good as it’s going to get and ready to go.

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#9 posted 06-10-2011 09:22 PM

Hi it should fit perfectly without all that hassle does the blade have any bushings which might be in error? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Hugh Anderson

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#10 posted 06-10-2011 09:24 PM

I just played with the saw, cuts are clean and everything seems fine.

Thank you!

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